Chip Ganassi Racing‘s Scott Dixon went fastest in the brief 30-minute post-qualifying practice session ahead of the Honda Indy 200. Dixon, who qualified fifth for tomorrow’s race, showed that he’s got the pace to compete tomorrow with a lap time of 1:08.025 on the red-walled alternate tyre.
Colton Herta was the model of consistency, matching his second place qualifying effort with a second place finish in final practice. Across all three sessions today, Herta has not finished outside of the top three in any of them, showing good pace in the increasing temperatures.
Romain Grosjean recovered from a less than ideal qualifying to put together a strong lap and finish third, the highest up the scoring sheets he’s been all weekend. Grosjean was raced hard by fellow ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson late in the session and had choice words for the Swede over the radio after he pushed him off track in turn five, but the team said they will show him in the race tomorrow. Ericsson finished the session in eighth place.
Another ex-F1 driver found themselves fourth fastest, Carlin‘s Max Chilton. Chilton shot to the top of the charts late in the session, and finished the day with a top result for the small, single-car operation.
James Hinchcliffe added to his top-ten qualifying effort with a fifth place finish in final practice, the last of the Andretti Autosport cars in the top ten. Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished the session in eighteenth and thirteenth respectively.
Championship leader Alex Palou finished the session sixth after just missing out on Q3 earlier in the afternoon while tomorrow’s polesitter Josef Newgarden finished in seventh. Newgarden’s Team Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin ended the day in ninth place, another practice top ten this weekend for the rookie from New Zealand.
Rounding out the top ten was Ed Jones of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, his best finish in a session this weekend.
Rinus Veekay and Felix Rosenqvist, who are both returning from injury this weekend, finished the session in nineteenth and twenty-second respectively. Ryan Norman, making his IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing, finished the session in twenty-first.
WIth no morning warm-up tomorrow, the next time the cars will be on track is for the Honda Indy 200 at 1200 EST / 1700 BST.
Honda Indy 200 Final Practice Results
|1||9||Scott Dixon||NZL||Chip Ganassi Racing||01:08.025|
|2||26||Colton Herta||USA||Andretti Autosport||01:08.074|
|3||51||Romain Grosjean (R)||FRA||Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing||01:08.149|
|5||29||James Hinchcliffe||CAN||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport||01:08.242|
|6||10||Alex Palou||ESP||Chip Ganassi Racing||01:08.324|
|7||2||Josef Newgarden||USA||Team Penske||01:08.328|
|8||8||Marcus Ericsson||SWE||Chip Ganassi Racing||01:08.431|
|9||3||Scott McLaughlin (R)||NZL||Team Penske||01:08.443|
|10||18||Ed Jones||UAE||Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan||01:08.547|
|11||5||Pato O’Ward||MEX||Arrow McLaren SP||01:08.567|
|12||60||Jack Harvey||GBR||Meyer Shank Racing||01:08.649|
|13||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||USA||Andretti Autosport||01:08.806|
|14||30||Takuma Sato||JPN||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||01:08.827|
|15||14||Sebastien Bourdais||FRA||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||01:08.966|
|16||22||Simon Pagenaud||FRA||Team Penske||01:08.973|
|17||15||Graham Rahal||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||01:09.019|
|18||27||Alexander Rossi||USA||Andretti Autosport||01:09.145|
|19||21||Rinus VeeKay||NED||Ed Carpenter Racing||01:09.153|
|20||12||Will Power||AUS||Team Penske||01:09.216|
|21||52||Ryan Norman (R)||USA||Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing||01:09.291|
|22||7||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Arrow McLaren SP||01:09.326|
|23||20||Conor Daly||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||01:09.480|
|24||45||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||01:09.917|
|25||4||Dalton Kellett||CAN||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||01:10.146|
|26||48||Jimmie Johnson (R)||USA||Chip Ganassi Racing||01:10.264|